Villainous Hair: Ba(l)d to the Bone - Would they be so evil if they had hair?

Br J Dermatol. 2020 Sep 2. doi: 10.1111/bjd.19508. Online ahead of print.


In real-life, the impact of healthy hair on social perception has been extensively studied. But when it comes to the movies, do the hairstyles of villains also portray the physical embodiment of their immoral impulses? The more movies you watch, the easier it is to identify an emerging trend: bald characters are overwhelmingly villains. Alopecia seems to be innately associated with moral decay, as if the characters lack of hair and consequently their humanity was their evilness. At the same time, losing hair appears to be an adequate trigger for driving a character into a pit of immorality and crime.

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